- The students pounced on the journalists after they were allegedly ordered by the head teacher
- Journalists have remained to work in volatile situation even when the perpetrators seem to know the roles journalists play in society
- The police have been reluctant to record the case of the assault
By Felix & HRNJ Team
Wakiso- A Head teacher of St. Augustine College Kayunga in Wakiso district allegedly ordered students to beat up a journalist who was covering a fire incident at the school.
The Journalist, Mr William Mutyaba of Bukedde TV was beaten on Monday at about 9pm when he was covering a fire that had gutted one of the school dormitories.
Mutyaba told HRNJ-Uganda that the teacher, a one Akena ordered the students to kill him. “You students come beat and kill this man, he is the Bukedde journalist, he even covered the fire last time, you beat him, kill him…” Mutyaba narrated.
He sustained injuries with blood stain on his eyes. Mutyaba says as he tried to run away with his camera, the security guard locked the gate, so the students beat him up in a scuffle that lasted about an hour. He was rescued by another security guard warning that the students were about to kill the man.
HRNJ National Coordinator, Mr Robert Ssempala (In Blue Shirt) and other legal team discussing the issue. Photo by HRNJ-U
HRNJ-Uganda team of three lawyers and the Executive Director is now at the Wakiso police station to follow up a case of assault which was filed by the victim journalist almost a week ago.
This journalist deserves justices as he battles with medical treatment due to the grievance bodily harm occasioned to him during the beating. He has severe chest pain, bruised eye and other injuries.
The Human Rights Network for Journalists National Coordinator, Mr Robert Ssempala, said: “The police at the station seems to be deliberately ignoring the matter since no action has been taken to bring the culprits to book. They have since dodged talking to the journalist about the progress of his file, not even witness statements have been recorded.”
Several journalists across the country have continued to face violence during their time of work. Efforts to contact the head teacher to respond to the allegations proved futile. But the various organisations have always condemned acts of violence against journalists.